How to get your Amazon Fire TV working on a hotel room television

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We live in an incredible time of instant access to the world’s best TV and movies, easily streamed from thin and convenient devices to massive flatscreen TVs. So why would we want to give it up – and be forced to pay a hotel’s absurdly high fees for the same shows and movies – when we travel?

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Difficulty

easy




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Period

5 minutes

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what you need

  • amazon fire tv stick of some sort

  • fire tv remote

  • power cable

  • hdmi extender

  • Power Adapter

Well, you don’t have to. If you have a streamer like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, or the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, you’ve already got everything to stream your favorite shows wherever you lay your head. It’s fun, it’s easy, and we’re going to show you how to do it. lets start!

Find the HDMI Port on the Hotel TV

This first step is important. Your hotel room TV must have an open HDMI port that you can access, otherwise it’s game over.

Check the sides of the TV, or if you can access it, take a look around the back. They should be clearly labeled as HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. While you’re watching, pay attention to whether the TV already has an HDMI cable plugged in. If there is, you may need to unplug it in one of the next steps. Once the free port is found, plug your Fire TV Stick in. If space is limited, use the HDMI extender cable that came with your Fire TV Stick.

find some power

The USB cable that came with your Fire TV Stick is designed to siphon power from an available USB port on the TV, but since not all TVs have one, you should definitely bring along a USB wall adapter. If there is no USB port on the TV, take a look around the desk or console the TV is mounted on – an increasing number of hotels install USB ports for power near the TV for this type of situation. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to look for a nearby power outlet. If there isn’t one open within reach of a length of your USB cord, it’s a tricky dilemma. You may have to unplug some or, if all else fails, a extra long micro usb cord Can save you from many sorrows.

switch input

Now it’s time to turn on the TV and see if you can switch the source to your Fire TV Stick’s HDMI input. TV remotes may have an input button or a source button, but often hotels will replace the manufacturer’s remote with their own remote making input switching impossible. If so, check the TV itself – most models will have an input selector button next to the power and volume buttons. It can be located on the sides of the TV, or less commonly, on the bottom edge.

If you succeed, the loading screen should appear with the Fire TV Stick logo. If you’re having trouble switching inputs (probably because the TV simply won’t allow it), it’s time to try Plan B: If you’ve got a cable already plugged into the HDMI port in Step 1, So unplug it, and swap in your Fire TV. Stick. Of course, this means you’ll lose your hotel TV channel, but you can always swap it back once Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan goes through.

be connected

If you’ve gotten this far, this is (hopefully) the last step. If your hotel uses a standard Wi-Fi setup, you should be presented with a list of available Wi-Fi networks. Using the Fire TV remote, select the one that matches the instructions you were given when you checked in (Beware of copycats and lookalikes), and enter the password provided.

Some hotels use what is known as a captive portal for Wi-Fi. This means that connecting to a Wi-Fi network is done in a two-step process. First, you connect with the appropriate network name, then after a few seconds, a browser window will open. You will see the hotel’s instructions for logging in: this may be a pre-shared password, room number, or the option to accept the terms for using the network. Use the remote to navigate between fields…

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